Assessing the provision of sustainable-affordable housing by the government for the urban poor in Uganda
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In a rapidly changing and urbanizing world, the provision of adequate and affordable housing remains a key priority for all Governments. However, the concept of housing requires a new understanding to effectively and synergistically address the pressing issues of slums prevention, the urban divide, economic and human development, and climate change. No longer regarded as simply a roof over one’s head, housing today plays a crucial role in achieving sustainable development – as envisaged by the idea of sustainable housing. Sustainable housing is, however, yet to gain its due prominence in developing countries. This research looks into the role of the Government in the provision of sustainable-affordable housing in Kampala. It shows how rules and regulations condition interagency operations in Kampala. The urban poor in the context of this research refer to low income earners who cannot afford decent housing. This research begins with chapter one which provides an introduction and background of housing, problem statement, the objectives, significance and scope of the study. Chapter two presents detailed literature review with special references to international examples to generate discussion and examination of the role of the Government in the provision of sustainable-affordable housing. Chapter three presents the methodology used in carrying out the research. Research findings, presentation and data analysis are captured in chapter four, and finally, chapter five entails the conclusion and a way forward in terms of policy recommendations that may support future program initiatives for Kampala and Uganda at large in the provision of sustainable- affordable housing. The findings in this research show that the Government has failed to play its role in one way or another and therefore has to device working or appropriate mechanisms to handle housing issues of the urban poor. This does not mean that the Government is not doing anything- the fact is that it is trying to look in to the matter but its endeavors are either insufficient or ineffective or both.